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Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

1 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373

Company Description:
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.
Salary Range:Location:
$50,000+ Per Year SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeProject Manager
Education Level:Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree
Preference: Preferred
Preference: Nice to have
The Program Manager manages the Local Hero membership program and co-leads CISA’s farm and business support efforts in partnership with a strong team. This includes coordinating the activities for our technical assistance programs for farms, farmers’ markets, and local food businesses; collaborating with the management team and farm business support team to set strategic goals for our technical assistance and Local Hero programs; and supporting development of new programmatic strategies, areas, and activities. The Program Manager will also provide research, planning and technical assistance support for specific initiatives across the organization, and support grant writing and grant management.

Our ideal candidate enjoys providing leadership support to a dynamic team; networking farms and businesses to further their success; and aligning capacity to needs in support of CISA’s mission. The candidate is a capable project manager and can juggle and prioritize multiple projects and think strategically.
Strong candidates for this job have team-building and networking or customer service experience, strong communication skills, the ability to manage multiple deadlines and tasks, and an interest in evaluation as tool for improvement. Specifically, we are looking for the following qualifications:

Five to seven years combined experience as a team leader, supervisor and/or facilitator;
Three to five years of experience or related education in the areas of customer service and member support or in agriculture, business management, and/or adult education;
Ability to manage a collaborative team of professional program staff;
Proven ability to communicate effectively through multiple channels;
Excellent organizational skills;
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people; and,
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life and/or work experience.

It’s a plus if you are comfortable with relational databases and grant writing. It’s also a plus if you speak Spanish or have other skills or experience that can help further CISA’s mission to more equitably serve those working in agriculture and local food businesses. You don’t have to already be tapped into how amazing local agriculture is but if you are, that’s great!

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